Last day to enter to win a Disney Gift Card or a Dooney & Bourke Bag!

Dooney & Bourke Mini Barrel Bag!
$100 Disney Gift Card!

The final hours are closing down on our contest for winning either a Dooney & Bourke Mini Barrel Bag or a $100 Disney Gift Card!  Good luck everyone, if you haven’t entered yet, make sure you do!  Today, May 31st, 2012, is the last full day!

Hello everyone!  I have joined forces with a whole host of bloggers who have banned together to have a terrific contest!  We are giving away two prizes — one lucky winner will win the Dooney & Bourke Mickey Balloon Mini Barrel Bag seen above, and another lucky winner will win a $100 Disney Gift Card!  The rules are simple, all you have to do is submit your entry information in the Rafflecopter form below, and that’s it!  There are some things that you must do, such as liking a Facebook page, and some entries that you can choose to do for extra chances to win, such as following a Google+ page, or following someone’s Twitter account, things like this.

The contest will run from May 14th until May 31st (the form will allow entries all day on the 31st) and the winner will be selected on June 1st, 2012!  Special thanks to all of these bloggers for their participation in the contest:

Disney Living
Disney Lovin’ Spectrum Mom
Disney Vacations by Distinctive Journeys
Everything Walt Disney World
Growing Up Disney
Magical Mouse Schoolhouse
Meet The Magic
Mouze Kateerz
My Dreams of Disney
Picturing Disney

Thanks everyone, good luck in the contest!

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30 Things To Do At Disney World: Mickey’s PhilharMagic

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Mickey’s PhilharMagic is one of my favorite shows at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.  I like this show so much that I even wrote a post about it!  When it comes to great Disney music, Mickey’s PhilharMagic certainly delivers — with classic songs from Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Fantasia, The Lion King, Peter Pan, and The Little Mermaid.

But what really rounds out this great attraction is that the 3D aspect of the movie really brings you into the movie as you follow Donald Duck on his quest to regain Mickey Mouse’s Sorcerer hat!  If you haven’t seen this show, do yourself a favor and check it out — and you’ll find out why Mickey’s PhilharMagic is one of the 30 things to do at Disney World! registered & protected

30 Things To Do At Disney World: Watch Wishes!

While my favorite fireworks show is Illuminations: Reflections of Earth over at Epcot’s World Showcase, the reason for that primarily lies with the music at the end of the show.  However, for that pure awesome affect, nothing can hold a candle to the awesome fireworks shows that you will see when you watch Wishes at the Magic Kingdom!

I love taking pictures of the fireworks at the Magic Kingdom, so much so that I’ve decided that I’m going to bring a tripod for the first time to take better nighttime fireworks shots.  At this point, the only thing left to say is that if you haven’t seen Wishes, then please, please make sure you do the next time you visit the Magic Kingdom.  If loud sounds are an issue for you or your loved ones, do yourself a favor and stop by Guest Services for a free pair of disposable ear plugs.  Or, if you prefer, invest a few dollars at Target and buy a pair of earplugs that you can use over and over again.  Lastly, here are some photos I’d like to share with you.  However, one of the photos is not exactly what it would seem to be!  Can you pick out which photo is NOT from Wishes, and tell me which fireworks show it is from instead?  Just leave your answer as a comment or on the Facebook page! registered & protected

Special Edition Magical Blogorail: Port Orleans French Quarter

Welcome to those of you joining me from Your First Visit and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 3rd stop on our Magical Blogorail.
In this special edition loop, the Magical Blogorail is sharing with you our impressions of the Moderate resorts at Walt Disney World.  I am sharing my thoughts and stories from Port Orleans French Quarter, one of my favorite resorts at Disney.
We first stayed at Port Orleans French Quarter in 2009, and liked it so much we stayed there in 2010 also.  There are a lot of positives when it comes to POFQ, so let’s take a look at some of them.
French Quarter is the smallest of the moderate resorts, with just 1,008 rooms for the resort.  By comparison, Port Orleans Riverside is more then double the size, with 2,048 rooms.  Port Orleans French Quarter is located on the Sassagoula River, which is a Disney made river that provides water taxi access to each of the resorts and also to Downtown Disney.
When you enter the resort, it’s as if you have walked straight into the French Quarter section of New Orleans, complete with the street signs and courtyards.
The French Quarter has a really nice main pool with a neat water slide, plus, as you can see, there are characters located in the resort that make for a nice photo opportunity!
Port Orleans French Quarter doesn’t have a table-service restaurant, but it does have a food court, the Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory, which has various stations to order different types of food.  Located in the main building, the dining location has a lot of great items hanging from the ceiling.
Some of my favorite customer service experiences happened when we were staying at Port Orleans French Quarter, either in 2009 or 2010.  I remember in 2009 we had the same greeters when we would enter the lobby every day of our trip practically.  They were incredible people, with the Disney customer service ingrained in them.  But more then that, they were genuinely nice people, the kind of people that you see day in and day out, and by the time your vacation is over, they are more then just Cast Members — they are also friends.  It is to my regret that I didn’t think to get their names or email addresses, because I would have liked to kept in touch with them.
Every day we saw them, they would give beads to Sophie, or coins, and they always had a smile on their face, and a welcoming “Where are we going today?” question on their lips.  When we told them, they immediately pulled out park maps for that park, and told us the best way to get where we were going to make our reservation.
As you can see by my photos, the rooms contain two queen beds, double pedastal sinks, and a standard bathroom.  Also, there are different views available — in 2010 we paid for the water view, and the picture of the Sassagoula river was the view from our room.
Thank you for joining me today. Your next
stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Heidi’s Head.

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should
you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

Stop ~ Fort Wilderness Cabins at The Magical Mouse Pad

4th Stop ~ Port Orleans Riverside at Heidi’s Head

Final Stop ~ Coronado Springs at DIStherapy registered & protected

30 Things To Do At Disney World: The Haunted Mansion

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The Haunted Mansion — one of the best attractions to be found at Walt Disney World, is today’s featured attraction in our list of 30 things to do at Disney World!

One of the things my family has discussed at the dinner table is where we would sleep if we were able to spend the night at Walt Disney World.  My daughter feels that Tom Sawyer Island would be a great place to stay, and I think that sleeping at the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse would be really cool, but for my wife, she wants to spend the night inside the Haunted Mansion!

As we all know, The Huanted Mansion is home to 999 Happy Haunts, and when you ride this ride, you’ll find that you are able to laugh 999 laughs to go along with them!

If you’ve not been there lately, you may want to take one trip to go through the interactive queue so you can play with some of the things that are out there for you to examine.  It isn’t something that I do every trip, but every now and again we like to do so — although it does take longer to go through when you do that.

What are your thoughts about the Haunted Mansion?  Love it, hate it, gotta ride it?  And what about the queue?  Let me know in the comments please! registered & protected